Celina ISD officials have taken the next step for a potential 2025 bond election.

The long-range planning committee, which will set priorities for the district and is made up of community members, was approved by the board of trustees during a Dec. 18 meeting.

The approach

Community members could nominate themselves or others to serve on the committee until Oct. 5. Through the nomination process, there were 91 submissions, district communications officer Karen Fitzgerald said. Once nominations were received, she met with the district’s principals to identify who would best serve on the committee.

District officials wanted a cross section of diversity within the committee, with factors such as the work field and age of the members taken into consideration, she said. About 20 members of the committee are from the district’s elementary zones.

“We wanted to make sure we had our subdivisions represented across the board,” Fitzgerald said.

Former long-range planning committee members from 2019 were invited to join, she said. Trustees of the district’s school board will also serve on the committee.

Looking ahead

Establishing the long-range planning committee is one step for the district in creating a bond package. Next steps include establishing a bond committee and identifying immediate facility needs in the district. In December, it is expected that the board will take action on the facilities plan before calling for a bond in February 2025 for the May 2025 election.